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president obama is once again a president-elect. he wins a decisive victory against former massachusetts governor mitt romney, beating him with 303 electoral votes compared to romney's 206. most notable is the fact that obama carried just about all of the so-called swing states that many considered were up in the air, including ohio, colorado, nevada, wisconsin, and, of course, virginia, which he won narrowly. >> florida is actually considered too close to call. although more than 97% of the precincts are reporting, and president obama does have a lead in that state. the only state that obama lost this year but won in 2008 were indiana and north carolina. still, the swing state sweep gave obama a huge advantage, with experts calling the race in obama's favor once the votes for ohio came in around 11:30 last night. supporters joined both candidates as the votes came in last night with mitt romney's supporters in massachusetts and obama's supporters in chicago. >> that's where tracie potts is back with a look back on what ended up not being such a long night. >> reporter: we weren't even s
and so, i think we ought to keep on the track that we are on. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. >>> on the broadcast tonight, from our election headquarters here on democracy plaza. final push, with less than 24 hours to go, it is down to the wire for president obama and governor romney making their last minute sprints through the battleground states. tonight, the closing arguments and what to watch for as voters go to the polls. >>> also, misery, so many still struggling after hurricane sandy. we'll look at its possible effect on turnout tomorrow. and would you believe the threat from the next storm on the way, a nor'easter threatening for mid-week. the storm, and the election, our coverage, nbc nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, and we can tell you it is almost over now, after a couple of years and a couple of billion, on the eve of decision 2012, we are very close to knowing the first indications of how this race is going to break. heading into election day, by all accounts this election is a statistical dead heat, the latest national head t
i have learned from you. and you've made me a better president. >> four more years. president obama wins re-election and said the best is yet to come for america. even as the votes in one battleground state are still unsettled. >>> good afternoon. i'm pat lawson muse. >> and i'm jim handly. we have live team coverage of this historic election in just a moment. but first we begin with the weather today, folks. right now we're tracking a strong coastal storm. >> it's making its way across the mid-atlantic at this hour and it could mean snow for some of us. let's go over to veronica johnson. >> yes, still a strong coastal storm. as i said yesterday, the storm system more off the coast and still trying to overcome a lot of dry air. so this is how our day has looked pretty much with really precipitation falling throughout. just got off the phone with a friend of mine up in essex, maryland, areas northeast baltimore, where there's been a few drops of rain falling there. let's take me up to philadelphia, pennsylvania, where they've had flakes of snow. in fact, bigger flakes. you can see co
forward. >> president obama looking ahead hours after his victory speech. also looking for -- virginia's new senator. >> now is the hard work. it's time for all of us to come together. >> in maryland, casino supporters celebrating a big victory this morning. >> good morning and welcome to news 4 midday. i'm keith russell. >> i'm barbara harrison. it's wednesday, november 7th, 2012. we begin with morning with the latest post election headlines. fresh off the big win, president obama celebrating his victory. the president and the rest of the first family head back to d.c. this afternoon. tim kaine defeated george allen in the senate race. he will discuss the win in richmond at noon. maryland voters passed all three ballot measures allowing the expansion of gamble, same-sex marriage and undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition. we'll have more on the election results. first, the latest on a storm headed in our direction. >> at this hour, rain has not started to fall in the metro area. that will change. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here with the forecast. >> a lot of cl
are in their final sprint. last night after a packed day, romney in colorado and obama in virginia trying to turn out their supporters and close the sale. back here in new york, meantime, areas near here in staten island, queens, long island, and new jersey still dealing with the devastating effects of hurricane sandy. nearly a week later, long gas lines, electricity still out for two million, and of course falling temperatures now. we've got it all covered this morning. to start things off, we have our final nbc news/"wall street journal" predetection poll numbers. let's go right to our political director chuck todd in his command center with the latest snapshot. >> good morning, david. let me show you the numbers. 48 for the president, 47 for mitt romney. slight gender gap advantage for the president. he leads by eight among women. mitt romney leads by seven among men. what's interesting about the figure is it is the exact final number from the poll from 2004 with bush when he was at 48% and john kerry was at 47%. one of the reasons for the slight uptick for the president, remember we had them at 4
obama tonight. how he won, why and why mitt romney lost. and the message the voters across america sent last night. we'll have a look at the trends and the results. >>> also, tonight, the east coast is taking another hit of extreme weather, and it will only get worse. it means more rough weather of people hit by hurricane sandy. the storm and election night news begins now. >>> good evening, while the nation tries to recover from a deep recession, and in a presidential race we were after all, all told was as close and as tight as they get. president obama, the 44th president of the united states was reelected last night. he was somehow able to stitch together a convincing victory, s win i winning just about all the battleground states that were so heavily fought over in the most expensive race in u.s. history. it was early this morning when the president appeared with his family, becoming the third consecutive two-term president we elected. not happening since the presidents jefferson, madison and monroe. president obama won both a decisive victory in both the electoral college. and her
of washington, i've never been more hopeful about our future. >> four more years. president obama is reelected in a race that wasn't as close as many anticipated. >> former governor tim kaine defeats george allen after a hard fought, expensive, 19-month campaign. >> and maryland residents weigh in on a whole host of issues from gambling to same-sex marriage and make history in the process. good morning. thanks for getting up with us. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang for this morning after election night. this morning the long and hard fought presidential election is over with president barack obama voted into office for a second term. >> it is a decisive victory for the president, at least in the electoral college. take a look at the race. to 270 in terms of electoral votes, president obama wins with 303 over former massachusetts governor mitt romney's 200 electoral votes, this without florida, which is still considered too close to call with 97% of the precincts reporting, although president obama does have a narrow lead. >> the president picked up many battlegrounds states, including
. >> my name is barack obama. you know, the president? this is barack obama. it is. i'm calling to say thank you. you're working so hard. >> reporter: it is the last day of his last campaign. >> so i just want to say thank you to the american people. i also want to say to governor romney, congratulations on a spirited campaign. i know that his supporters are just as engaged and just as enthusiastic. just as hard today. >> reporter: voter turnout seemed heavy. this was colorado, one of the battle ground states. other swing states today. new hampshire and virginia. voters lined up in many polling places. wisconsin, snow on election day. this was cleveland airport at midday. mitt romney's plane, paul ryan's and nearby, vice president biden's plane. they were all in ohio. romney and ryan headed to a volunteer center. stopping in a wendy's. >> hey, judy, this is mitt romney. how are you? >> reporter: biden, too, stopped in a restaurant. just a few more hours and they get the first returns. >>> we have more live team coverage in virginia and across the entire d.c. area. it has been a busy da
.5%. the candidates crisscrossing the country again today looking for an edge in swing states. president obama made stops in ohio, as well as wisconsin and iowa. all this before heading to chicago where he plans to spend election day. mitt romney just wrapped up a rally down in florida and emphasized the importance of the battleground state. >> your work is making a difference. the people of the world are watching. we can begin a better tomorrow tomorrow. with the help of the people in florida, that's exactly what's going to happen. >> ultimately, it's up to you. you have the power. you will be shaping the decisions for this country for decades to come right now. >> ohio and new hampshire will also play host to romney today, as will virginia, including a rally at george mason this afternoon. the commonwealth with mitt romney trailing the president with just 1%. >> how hot is this election? d.c. residents have turned out in record numbers to votes. the board of elections estimates 52,000 residents voted early. more than double the number of people who voted early in 2010 when early voting started in
to the letter sent out at the workforce at the cia. he met with president obama yesterday to see if he would accept his eresignation a director. he showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in that affair. him and his wife were together 37 years and he said that type of behavior is unacceptable as a husband and a leader of the cia. he's held the position of director since congress confirmed him last september, prior to that he led u.s. forces in both iraq and afghanistan. petraeus said the president accepted his resignation this afternoon. the president issued a statement a short time ago that read "i am completely confident that the cia will continue to thrive and carry out its position. going forward my thoughts and prayers are with dave and holly petraeus who has done so much to help military families through her own work. i wish them the very best at this difficult time." he was slated to testify next week on the deadly attack of the u.s. embassy and benghazi, libya. no word if that resignation will have any impact on that in absence, the current director will serve as director. much mo
flight fees. >>> after his victory last night, president obama and the first family are due back in washington this hour. his long day started with the early-morning victory speech. soon he needs to get back to work with congress to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. keith russell is tracking the president's travel today. keith? >> hey, wendy. president obama and the first family are running a little bit behind schedule. they were supposed to be landing back our way in the next few minutes. but after a late-night celebrating of reelection victory, they just boarded air force one in chicago. 2 million votes separated the president from mitt romney last night. president obama acknowledged there's a lot of hard work ahead. if there's no spending compromise by december 31st, taxes will go up for every american new year's today. he called the top lawmakers from both parties. harry reid said, he's not kicking the can down the road. and says, any solution should include higher taxes on the richest of the rich. at his victory rally this morning, the president told supporters the best is y
? >> thank you, tom. >>> this morning there is a lot to look back on from president obama's victory last night. the country and the world watched as votes came in, and we saw state after state turn blue in terms of those -- the states that were in question, the toss-up states, as it were. tracie potts is in chicago where things have quieted down after an electrified crowd really lit up the place in chicago. tracie? >> reporter: good morning, everyone, from chicago. we weren't even sure we'd have an answer for you this morning. the race is so close. there are still major states outstanding as of early this morning. we do now know president obama won the 270-plus electoral votes needed to win this very close race. >> sorry about that. we're having trouble with tracie potts' story. we'll get to that later in the broadcast. >>> tim kaine will be virginia's next senator. he defeated republican george allen 53%-47%. megan mcgrath is live at tim kaine's headquarters with more. >> reporter: we're live at kaine headquarters in alexandria, virginia. you can see the homemade signs on the store fron
with president obama and mitt romney. and we're also watching the polls in your neighborhood. we begin with news4's adam tuss in battleground virginia. he joins us live. the lines have been long today. >> reporter: here at this polling place, the line has been about two and a half to three hours long all day. right now, it is moving. that's the good news. it still stretches down the hill and then has to go into the building. waiting to be a part of history. some in the cold shade dance a jig to stay warm keeping the feet moving. once inside the door, greeted by reality again. the line here snaking around corners. twisting and turning before the finish line finally in sight. >> it has been long, a big wait. i've had to cancel two meetings for work so far. i may even spend up spending a vacation day just to vote today. >> for those who can't wait that long, a chance to rest until their partner waiting in line gets close. some saying there should be more help on hand but most taking it in stride. big crowds and long lines. the norm at other locations in northern virginia. at this gym in arlington, h
. ahead, the message he had for president obama. >> ahead, how exactly the president took the race and who drove him to victory. plus a big celebration in maryland. voters made history. voters doing something that's never been done before. and rolling the dice in maryland, a casino on the potomac is a go. we'll tell you what's next on the project. >>> from this morning on election day with all there is to talk about, by the end of the day, it could be the weather dominating the conversation. >> it seems to be the case here a lot lately. we're about to get our first taste of winter weather this season. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is tracking it. tom? >> right now we have the first winter weather advisory of the season issued for our region. all the areas in light blue, carrollton, baltimore, northeastern maryland and parts of eastern pennsylvania could get up to four inches of snow later today. closer to washington, we're not going to have that much. right now all this coming from a coastal area of low pressure way off the atlantic seaboard. it is pushing rain inland, and we are
're nice and clear. >> thank you, danella. >>> at 6:02, president obama and mitt romney now have just hours to convince undecided voters to support them. it appears every vote will count in this hotly contested election. the race is a virtual tie according to the final, nbc news/wall street journal poll. the president leads his republican rival 48%-47% among likely voters. that is well within the poll's margin of error. >> the race is just as tight in virginia. president obama leads mitt romney by 1% in the same poll. that's also within the margin of error. the president holds a super slim half point lead in the real clear politics of average. the candidates will face six battleground states. president obama travels to ohio, wisconsin, and iowa. mitt romney will campaign in ohio today as well and make two stops in virginia, including one this afternoon at george mason university. the republican presidential nominee will also hold rallies in florida and new hampshire. both candidates are making their closing arguments to voters. >> ultimately, it's up to you. you have the power. you will be
: in virginia, he spoke up for president obama, trying to soften up a critical swing state. >> we made real progress, virginia. >> reporter: governor mitt romney trying to hold down iowa, a battleground state where he has fallen five points in the latest polls. >> with the vote of the people of iowa, we can't lose. >> reporter: the candidates cross paths within hours of each other as they barn stormed iowa and six other tossup states. making the final arguments in the last weekend of this campaign. the president was joined by musicians john mellencamp and katy perry, mitt romney got a boost from richard petty. >> this is what you hear when you're in a nascar race, right, richard? >> reporter: the candidates are just beginning their blitz of the battleground states. governor romney, campaigning later today in pennsylvania. 20 electoral votes thought to be in president obama's column, but republicans say are up for grabs. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> this election season has had its share of surprises. one of which is hurricane sandy. "meet the press" moderator david gregory says pr
campaign has only five days left now. president obama just wrapping up an appearance in las vegas. he's going to go to colorado now and will spend the night in columbus, ohio. meanwhile, mitt romney is rallying support on a campaign swing through virginia. steve handelsman on capitol hill now with the latest on this. >> reporter: besides virginia, and the other battlegrounds, both sides now have their eyes on a few other states that they either hope or fear might alter the election calculation. it's that close. the nine swing states still matter most. mitt romney went to virginia, a swing state where the polls show the race tied, and made his closing argument. >> if the president were to be reelected, you'll see high levels of unemployment continue, and stalled wage growth. if any wage growth at all, like we've seen over the last few years. >> reporter: his new ad is positive. >> mitt romney understands business. knows how to create jobs. and get our economy moving. >> reporter: but the former governor's path to a win looks difficult. in today's nbc news marist poll, romney's down by
>>> good morning. four more years. president obama wins a second term. >> we know in our hearts that for the united states of america the best is yet to come. >> governor romney gracious in defeat. >> i ran for office because i'm concerned about america. this election is over, but our principles endure. >> for the president the hard fought campaign is behind him, but the real work of turning around a troubled and still divided country begins anew today, wednesday, november 7th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from democracy plaza. >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie with a late night here on democracy plaza or should i say early morning, but in either case, it wasn't as late as some people expected. >> not to take away from the hours you all put in last night, but fact of the matter is we were thinking that maybe we would come on the air this morning with this still undecided, and it was called fairly
know who will be the next president of the united states. president obama has radio and tv interviews scheduled throughout the day. it's done with the rope. he traveled more than 1,000 miles in wisconsin, and ohio. he made personal phone calls urging people to vote. >> hey, karen. barack obama. >> reporter: he and the first lady arrived in chicago to await the results. the president plans to spend part of the day playing a basketball game with advisers and friends. mrs. obama voted early as did the president. his final campaign event in iowa, the state that gave the president his 2008 victory. >> when the stakes said you wouldn't, you said yes we can. in politics, it's not winning elections, it's making sure you are delivering for the folks who sent you. >> reporter: in the meantime, mitt romney is ending with a last minute round of campaigning. he started casting his ballot at a polling place not far from his home. then back on the campaign trail in pennsylvania and ohio. >> feel great about ohio. >> reporter: romney's focus on is state is not a surprise. he spent more time campaigni
is not change. >> the latest "des moines register" poll has romney leading obama in the hawkeye state. >>> and later, the team is set to wear throwback uniforms from the 1937 redskins, the year the team boved from boston to d.c. and won their first championship. part of the annual homecoming game. helmets are designed to look like old-school leather. the redskins kick off against the panthers at 1:00. >> i really like the look. i know you're going to the game. so jealous. >>> 6:08 the time right now. good sunday morning. coming up next in the half hour of news 4 today. >> live from democracy plaza with moderator of "meet the press" david gregory. >> and how long the cool temperatures will last. storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell has your sunday forecast next. anncr: it's said that character is what we do... when we think no one is looking. mitt romney: believe that they are victims. anncr: mitt romney thought no one was looking when... he attacked forty-seven percent of americans. his companies shipped jobs overseas. his plan cuts millionaires' taxes, but raises yours. he'll vouche
as far as the eye can see. something president obama got to see firsthand. tonight, jay gray reports from toms river, new jersey. >> this is what the long road back looks like in new jersey. >> devastating. it's unbelievable. >> i've got nothing. memories or anything else. everything is ruined. ruined. >> ravaged by sandy. homes ripped from their foundations, boats thrown into the middle of the street and entire communities washed away. others still under water. >> we're seeing this very common sight here. >> the devastation stretches for miles. towns and lives were reduced to rubble. >> can't even imagine that. no matter how much you imagine what it's going to look like, it's worse. >> reporter: president obama toured the devastation with new jersey governor today delivering the sympathies of the nation. >> i promise, promise, you're going to be okay. >> we are here for you. and we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure that you get all of the help that you need until you rebuild. >> but they can't come back until they clean up. water continues to be pushed out of the subway ins
>>> tonight, just a few hours to this go before the polls open as president obama and mitt romney make one final push to win voters. >> people are still cleaning up after super storm sandy as another strong storm threatens the east coast. a system could bring rain and snow to our region. >> also a touching tribute tonight as family and friends gather to remember a promising teenager. she was killed on her way to school. millions of dollars spent on tv ads. it's all now coming down to this. >> both president obama and mitt romney are going late into the night with speeches in must-win states. steve handlesman is in cincinnati, ohio, on this election eve. >> mitt romney's final ohio rally filled a hangar in columbus with 10,000 screaming supporters. >> let's make sure everyone we know gets out to vote on tuesday. >> earlier introduced by bruce springsteen and jay-z. >> hello, ohio! are you fired up? >> president obama held his final day ohio event in columbus. an estimated 15,000 supporters and a pitch aimed at ohio. >> i'm proud we saved the auto industry. i'm even prouder that we'
dash. president obama and mitt romney race across the country today looking for last-minute votes. good evening, everybody, i'm jim handly. jim rosenfield is on assignment tonight. it is the final sprint to election day, and the latest nbc news/wall street journal poll confirms a nearly deadlocked rate. 48-47%. candidates are crisscrossing the country tonight. brian mooar follows them as they make their final case to voters. >> just two more days. >> reporter: two days before voters go to the polls. republican nominee mitt romney and president obama were fighting for votes in the battleground states. >> florida, in two days, you've got a choice to make. >> reporter: the final nbc news poll before the election shows the candidates are in a dead heat. president obama with a 48% to 47% lead. but the president's handling of hurricane sandy has boosted his approval numbers. >> you don't know what crisis the next president is going to confirm. >> reporter: in ohio, governor romney is six points down. that's forcing him to look to other states like iowa. >> we can do better, a better america,
>>> the numbers are out. the opinions are very different. president obama calls this mornings jobs report proof the economy is improving. mitt romney calls it a sad reminder the economy is at a virtual standstill. >>> big news out of the district about the speed camera fines. what anyone who drives in d.c. will want to hear, trust me. good morning and welcome to news 4 midday. i'm keith russell. >> i'm barbara harrison. it's friday, november 2nd, 2012. we begin with two developing stories. police shot and killed two suspects one in d.c. and the other in stafford. we begin with a man stabbed an officer. megan mcgrath is live on the scene from the latest from washington's brookland section. >> reporter: when police repond to 911 calls they are not sure what they are going encounter, what is going to be happening on the scene when they arrive. that was certainly the case this morning. a veteran police officer and his partner were in harm's way responding to a domestic assault call here. the officers were attacked by the suspect. one fired in self-defense. police chief kathy lanier hug
in the new york area. in the meantime, president obama saw the damage on the jersey shore firsthand yesterday. during that tour, the president pledged federal support for the long haul. >> pepco says it's restored power to all of its customers affected by sand dominion hopes to do the same by tonight. about 1,700 of its customers are still in the dark. that number was over 3,000 just a few hours ago. more than 4,000 bge homes and businesses in our area have no electricity. most of them are in anne arundel county. novak is working to restore four a little more than 250 customers. >>> some students will have another day. in anne arundel county four schools are closed. chapel forge early childhood center in prince george's county is also without power, as is lewis town elementary in frederick county, maryland, and all schools in pendleton county, west virginia, are closed because of power outage issues. >>> time for weather and traffic. tom kierein, you're talking about falling back and falling down. it has been a busy weather week for you. >> for all of us. it's been an amazing team effort. we
that ended his career. >>> mitt romney opens up and takes a swing at the obama campaign. what romney now says was the difference in the presidential election. good morning and welcome to news 4 today. i'm eun yang. >> good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. it's thursday, november 15th. and you're waking up to another chilly morning. get used to it. seems like these cold temperatures starting to settle in for good. >> 6:00 a.m. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. tom, what is going on? >> hot pwefrbeveragehot beverag. get fort tied. >> yeah. i need more hot beverages at this point. >> it is feeling like a winter morning than late autumn. disturbance producing rain down to the carolinas well to our south. under the clouds we're not as cold. at least they held a little bit of the one from yesterday. 42, reagan national. eastern shore, northern neck. generally in the upper 30s, low 40s. farther west in montgomery county, arlington, fairfax and prince george's in the mid and upper 30s. much colder shenandoah. 7:00 a.m. mid-30s around the metro area. a little sun. hour by hour throughout the day. l
candidates are focused on the all-important state of ohio. president obama spent the morning in wisconsin and will hit iowa late tonight. he plans to speak in columbus in just a few minutes. mitt romney will campaign in columbus later today, he started the day in florida and will end the day in new hampshire. at midday, he made two stops in virginia, including one that just wrapped up at george mason university. steve handelsman is in ohio with the latest. >> reporter: governor mitt romney began his last state push in florida. >> we can begin a better tomorrow, tomorrow, and with the help of the people in florida, that's exactly what's going to happen. >> reporter: a few hours later he was in virginia. >> if you're tired of being tired, then i ask you to vote for change. help us win this. >> reporter: with bruce springsteen, president obama started today in wisconsin. >> you know that i'll fight for you and your families every single day, as hard as i know how. >> reporter: last night colorado, a huge rally. after a shimmy with stevie wonder in cincinnati, ohio. the president urged his ba
, we ask you to come and deliver your supplies. >>> in atlantic city president obama was met by new jersey governor chris christie. after the two leaders surveyed the damage along the jersey shore, the president vowed he wouldn't tolerate red tape. >> i've instituted a 15-minute rule essentially on my team. you return everybody's phone calls in 15 minutes, whether it's the mayor's, the governors, the county officials, if they need something, we figure out a way to say yes. >> during one of his stop, governor christie found more victims in utter despair. >> i just want everybody to get help. >> yeah. >> they don't deserve it. look at their house, our house, everything is gone. >> yeah. >> i've never in ten years had water in my house. >> that's horrible. in new york the desperate race to get america's biggest city back up and running continues. water is being pumped out of the subway system. officials in new york and connecticut say the subway rail system that millions depend on will start returning today though on a very limited basis. >>> and it is an amazing but eerie sight. much
, 48% of likely voters support president obama, while a close 47% favor governor mitt romney. the president holds the same narrow 48% to 47% edge among likely voters in virginia. mr. obama holds a slightly wider lead in florida with support from 49% of likely voters compared to romney's 47. and in all important ohio, our poll shows president obama holds a six-point lead over his republican rival with 51% to romney's 45. nbc's tracy potts is in cincinnati, ohio, with details on the candidates' final frantic day of campaigning. tracy, very good morning to you. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. good morning, everyone. it is going to be a very busy last day of campaigning. it was a busy weekend, especially here in ohio. all four candidates showing up here in various parts of ohio over the weekend. it is becoming very clear that all roads lead through ohio in this important presidential race. let's start with the president who is right here in cincinnati last night where he talked about governor romney and that six-point lead that he has as of now in our poll over governor romn
the election map. victory across the battleground states, except north carolina. obama backers celebrated his win in swing state virginia. harry reid, whose senate majority got bigger, demanding house republicans cut deals on taxes and spending. >> american people want us to work together. republicans want us to work together. >> reporter: and house speaker john boehner opened the door to higher taxes. >> for the purposes of forging a bipartisan agreement that begins to solve the problem, we're willing to accept new revenue under the right conditions. >> reporter: conceding his loss, mitt romney called for compromise. >> at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> reporter: how did the people of america reject romney? one reason is, our population has changed. a smaller share of whites voted, down to 72% of the total. more minorities voting, more young people. changes that favor democrats like barack obama. he reached out last night to romney backers. >> whether i earned your vote or not,
win this. >> reporter: with bruce springsteen, president obama started today in wisconsin. >> you know that i'll fight for you and your families every single day, as hard as i know how. >> reporter: last night colorado, a huge rally. after a shimmy with stevie wonder in cincinnati, ohio. the president urged his backers to vote today. the lineso early voting in ohio have been long, but republicans won a fight to shorten voting hours. mary jenkins was out to get obama backers to the polls. she figured she could make the difference nationally. >> i wouldn't be able to sleep at night if i didn't put in every shift that i'm putting in over these four days. thank you so much for your enthusiasm. >> reporter: across town is a mitt romney phone bank. >> we're just calling to remind you your vote is very important. >> reporter: republicans figure their work couldecide the presidency, like the democrats. >> it will go a very, very long way to winning this state. >> reporter: governor romney left a second virginia stop for ohio, columbus, planning to end up in new hampshire. president obama would
so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >>> good morning. now it'sour turn. america heads to the polls today to choose who will be in the white house for the next four years. president obama and governor romney neck and neck after waging the most expensive political campaign in u.s. history. will it be a long night that stretches into the morning? it's up to the voters today, tuesday, november 6th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," election day 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from democracy plaza. >>> and welcome to "today," and democracy plaza on this tuesday morning, election day 2012. good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer, and it seems like we've been talking about this day for the better part of two years because we have been talking about this day for the better part of two years. it's already here. seeing a lot of traffic at polling sites all across the country and especially in the swing states n.virginia, for example, people actually camped
of the gop after a stinging defeat for romney and the republicans? and how will president obama govern in a second term? we'll talk to a newly elected document congressman, joaquin castro. plus republican strategist steve schmidt, presidential historian doris kearns goodwin, nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd, and the "washington post's" bob woodward. >> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press." with david gregory. >> and good sunday morning. the newly re-elected president's message on friday, get back to work. but the focus of that work and on that work is now overshadowed by friday afternoon's resignation of cia director david petraeus, which sent as you know shock waves through washington. new details emerging now this weekend about the fbi investigation that led to the discovery of what officials believe was an extramarital affair between petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell. and of course so many questions about where this goes from here. joining me now for the late
make your voice heard. vote. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. >>> good morning. insult to injury. with millions still reeling from hurricane sandy, now a nor'easter is brewing and it's set to bring high winds and heavy rain to the people who need it least. as temperatures in the northeast dip dangerously low today, we're tracking the storm. >>> complete devastation. a first look insi one new jersey town swamped by sandy. but its residents vowing to rebuild. a message of hope amid the ruins. >>> and down the stretch they come. president obama and governor romney crisscrossing the country hoping to persuade veters to vote for them on election day. and we are right in the middle of all the action "today," sunday, november 4, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with lester holt and erica hill live from democracy plaza. >>> good morning and welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt here on our beautiful little location. i call it the studio with a view, democracy plaza. our backdrop f
to 7.8%. >> president obama, in highway when the jobs report comes out. the president will spend most of the day in the buckeye state. he'll speak to smaller crowds today and hold much larger ral es over the weekend. the president will hold a rally at jiffy lube alongside former president clinton and singer dave matthews. >>> the republican presidential nominee will start the day in wisconsin, and deliver hiss closing argument. from there, he heads to ohio and rallies in suburbs of columbus and cincinnati. romney, campaigned across virginia yesterday. >>> nine more people diagnosed with fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroids injections, the center for disease control says almost 4 million cases reported in 19 states. the agency also dropped the death toll from the outbreak from 29 to 28, noting that virginia is reporting two deaths instead of three. one person died in maryland. the fda is investigating the pharmacy that made those tainted shots. >>> two stations closed this weekend because of track work. starting tonight at 10:00, rosalynn and arlington cemetery s
. >> thank you, doug. >>> today new york city mayor michael bloomberg endorsed president obama for re-election. bloomberg cites the president's leadership on climate change. mitt romney visited virginia today, northern virginia bureau chief julie carey joins us with the countdown to election day. >> no surprise that both mitt romney and barack obama, final five day push for bring them to virginia. for romney, it was roanoke, the richmond area and virginia beach. the president returns to northern virginia to prince william county on saturday night. the factory floor of a window and door company in roanoke was one of three virginia stops for mitt romney, but none bring him to northern virginia this time around. romney took time to encourage donations to storm relief effort, the sharp criticism of his opponent was back as he mocked his proposal to have several agencies under a secretary of business. >> we don't need a secretary of business to understand business, we need a president who understands business, and i do. >> reporter: president obama tried to strike a balance. acknowledging
for the first time we expect to hear from president obama directly as his administration is rocked by scandals involving two of the men he counted on most. former cia director david petraeus and afghan war commander general john allen. the newest headlines are creating even more of a tangled web. this morning's "wall street journal" reports general allen, who is now under investigation for e-mails between he and jill kelley of tampa florida, is telling associates that he received an e-mail traced back to paula broadwell, the petraeus biographer. the broadwell e-mail was written under the pseudonym kelley patrol. it described kelley as a, quote, is he duct tres, and warned the general of becoming involved with her. the journal reports that kelley tried to get the fbi to drop the investigation that began with kelley's complaint with harassing e-mails traced back to broadwell. people familiar with the case tell the journal that she became worried about personal information being provided to investigators. meanwhile, the washington post quotes senior law enforcement officials saying the search con
>>> this morning on "early today," tempers in washington are flaring as president obama stands up for his u.n. secretary against scathing criticism from republicans. >>> all that while embattled former cia director david petraeus will testify on capital hill today. >>> breaking news from the middle east as rockets are fired between the israelis and palestinians. this morning three israelis are killed. a live report coming up. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, november 15th, 2012. >>> good morning,er one. i'm lynn berry. and today one scandal will give way to another in washington. former cia director david petraeus is expected to testify in a closed door senate intelligence committee hearing. general petraeus is not expected to discuss his personal indiscretions that ended his career last week. instead, he'll be talking about details on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the controversy over u.n. ambassador san rice calling the assault spontaneous back in september has reached a boiling point. yesterday president obama in his first news con
intelligence chair diane feinstein called it an enormous loss and said i wish president obama had not accepted his rez ig nagsz. taking over the c.i.a., michael morrel. >> now, patreus will not have to testify. law enforcement sources tell nbc news that general patreus is not under investigation. we tried to reach paula bodwell unsuccessfully. >> an inappropriate relationship also cost the c.e.o. of lockheed martin. he admitted to having a relationship with a subordinate employee and was asked to resign immediately. he was an executive and supposed to take over as c.e.o. in january. >> tonight, two teenagers have been arrested. they're accused of killing a cab driver in d.c. the victim's body was found inside this taxi which caught fire earlier this week near g gallaudet university. >> if you're going to do that, bud why you kill the person although police aren't releasing the victim's name, he just purchased a house for his wife and kids. >> it's a dangerous job. it's not easy. >> the two teens are from maryland, one of them from waldorf. >> we initially received some tips and that led us to
candidates, mitt romney travelled from new hampshire to iowa to colorado. president obama made stops in ohio, wisconsin and iowa. northern virginia bureau chief julie carrie explains how the candidates are spending their final three days on the trail. >> the president's rally was his fourth battleground stop of the day pep travelled to ohio, wisconsin and iowa before wrapping up the day in northern virginia. before mr. obama arrived, there were two warmup acts of sorts for those who waited in the cold. dave matthews and former president bill clinton started things off. it was the president who drew thousands here tonight. and this was part of his final pitch. >> a spirit that says no matter how bad a storm is, we bounce back. no matter how tough times are, we're all in this together. the romney campaign is spending even more of its final days in virginia. today it was paul ryan who headlined rallies for the gop ticket in richmond. with paul showing virginia the closest of battlegrounds, ryan appealed directly for help in turning out the vote. >> when we talk to that friend, relative, neighbo
threatened to downgrade the u.s. credit rating unless president obama and congress reach a deal on a spending plan by the end of the year. japan's nikkei index lost 1.3% in early trading. south korea's main index also down more than 1% today. >>> and investors here in the u.s. hope the markets rebound from yesterday's free fall. the dow fell more than 300 points. the nasdaq and the s&p also suffered big losses. >>> new this morning, we've learned president obama will be making a ground breaking trip in two weeks. an official from myanmar says the president will visit on either november 18th or 19th. it will be the first ever visit to the country by a u.s. president. the obama administration is trying to encourage democracy in that country. the president is also scheduled to visit nearby thailand and cambodia that same week. >>> tony tull is at the news4 live desk now with breaking news. >> we are just getting word out of afghanistan about multiple deadly bombings by insurgents. in kandahar, a suicide bomber killed three police officers and wounded two others. and in the eastern part of the ci
says he and republicans are willing to work with president obama and democrats to reach a deal to avoid sweeping cuts and tack hikes. boehner warns that a deal won't come easily. >> we won't solve the problem of our fiscal imbalance overnight and certainly won't do it in a lame-duck session of congress and it won't be solved by taking a plunge off the fiscal cliff. what we can do is avert the cliff in a manner that serves as a down payment on and a catalyst for major solutions enacted in 2013 to begin to solve the problem. >> speaker boehner says the deal could include new tax revenue to help reduce the national debt. >>> new this morning, we've learned president obama will be making a ground breaking trip in two weeks. an official from the southeast asian country of myanmar says the president will visit on either november 18th or 19th. it will be the first ever visit to that country by a u.s. president. the obama administration is trying to encourage democracy in that country. the president is already scheduled to visit nearby thailand and cambodia that same week. >>> crews are already
to what's been the obama demand, that some taxes on the rich ought to go up. as they kept counting votes today in florida, washington was counting, 53 days until the fiscal cliff. deep defense cuts and cuts in social service spending, and more ominously, tax hikes on everyone. that could spark a return to recession. says a senator who is bailing out of washington's gridlock. >> anything could serve as a trip wire to igniting another financial crisis. >> reporter: both sides are urging president obama to lead the way to a budget deal that avoids the cliff. after his victory tuesday, he's sure to demand, as part of any agreement to cut spending, a tax hike on the wealthy, says a top obama aide. >> he talked about it in the debate and speeches. balance deficit reduction included some revenues. and he was reelected by -- you know, in a significant way. >> reporter: house speaker republican john boehner seemed to signal he gets that. >> we're willing to accept some additional revenues via tax reform. we're willing to accept new revenue under the right conditions. >> reporter: but anti-tax con
obama will begin the day in hilliard and also campaign in springfield and lima before returning to the white house. the president will visit northern virginia tomorrow and hold a rally at jiffy lube along with former president bill clinton and singer dave matthews. and mitt romney will deliver his closing arguments for why voters should elect him. he'll hold rallies in columbus and cincinnati. no republican has ever lost in ohio and gone on to win the election. >>> in madryland, polling centes open from 8:00 until morning until 9:00 tonight. early voting was supposed to end yesterday, but it was extended due to hurricane sandy. >>> traffic backed up for miles at bridges. how new yorkers are dealing with the gridlock to get around the city. >>> the contingency plans being made right now in jersey shore ahead of election day. >>> one of the nationals best players of the season is now a free agent. first baseman adam laroche declined a $10 million option order by the nets. he won his first gold glove earlier this week is looking for a multiyear deal and wants to stay in d.c. sean b
of it all. mitt romney has three stops today in the commonwealth. while president obama is hitting three other swing states. news4's steve handelsman is on capitol hill with the latest on this final stretch. >> reporter: jim, good evening. both sides now, this close to next tuesday, have their eyes a little bit on some other states that they either hope or fear might alter the election calculation. it's that close. but the nine swing states still matter most. mitt romney went to virginia, a swing state where the polls show the race tied, and made his closing argument. >> if the president were to be reelected, you're going to see high levels of unemployment continue, and stalled wage growth. if any wage growth at all, just like we've seefr over the last four years. >> reporter: his new ad is positive. >> mitt romney understands business, knows how to create jobs and get our economy moving. >> reporter: but the former governor's path to a win looks difficult. in today's nbc news marist poll, romney's down by 6% in ohio, closer in new hampshire and wisconsin. that's where air force one went
people. >> andrea mitchell, the diplomacy for president obama about to start a second term with all of the problems in the middle east. he's in bangkok this morning. he talked about his support for israel. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. so we are fully supportive of israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes. and workplaces and potentially killing civilians. and we will continue to support israel's right to defend itself. >> so let's talk about how the president is working this right now, andrea. >> well, working this by trying to persuade the president of egypt to please pull back and pressure hamas for a cease-fire. that is where the action is. the arab spring is what changed all of this. all of the elements that tom just addressed were, you know, completely transformed by the fact that you have morsi and not mubarak. so you don't have a reliable dictator or leader in egypt whom the united states can do military to military and diplomat relations with. you have an islam
keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >>> tonight the final push, the obama and romney campaigns hit the streets today and the phone lines. trying to get out the vote. good evening, everybody. jim is on assignment. the sprint to the finish line is on and the presidential campaign with two days to go. the race about as close as it gets. latest nbc news "wall street journal" survey out, has president obama leading mitt romney nationwide by 1 point. 48% to 47%. both campaigns crisscrossing the battleground once again. their candidates or runningmates stopping in eight states. the president right now in colorado, mitt romney right now in newport news, virginia. news 4s, darcy spencer talked to volunteers in the commonwealth work long hours to get out the vote. darcy. >> reporter: working the phones until 9:00. thousand out working on doors. virginia is a crucial state. both side are making their push for votes two days out. as president obama's campaign office in arlington volunteers are making calls on this final weekend push before election day. john
this country cannot afford four more years of president obama's policies. >> do you want four more years when earnings are going down? >> no! >> how about four more years of gridlock in waington? >> no! >> there's no question in my view that we really can't have four more years like the last four. i know that the obama folks are chanting four more years, four more years. our chant is this, five more days. five more days. >> five more days until election day. romney was supposed to campaign in virginia sunday. he canceled the events ahead of sandy. president obama will campaign alongside president clinton and dave matthews. the president is back on the campaign trail today. he's on his way to wisconsin as we speak. he'll visit nevada and colorado today. the president took a three-daybreak from campaigning to oversee the government's response to hurricane sandy. part of the presentation will focus on the effort to provide relief of those affected by the massive storm. >> the death toll is climbing four days after sandy made land fall. the storm claimed 75 lives. more than 4.5 million homes and
. after the storm president obama and governor mitt romney are fighting for votes. while voters in maryland are still lined up for hours. we begin with steve handelsman. he's on capitol hill. steve? >> doreen, thanks. it's a numbers game. four days to go. 7.9%. that's the new unemployment number. in the race for the white house both sides tonight are disagreeing about the meaning of that. but they agree about the importance of the number 18. the electoral votes of the state of ohio. and both sides badly want them. so close to the end you know they're in ohio. mitt romney in aetna. >> i'm counting on you. >> reporter: president obama in hilliard taking credit for the auto bailout. >> it paid off in toledo. where chrysler's adding more than 1,000 new jobs on a second shift. not in china. right here in ohio. >> reporter: it paid off for him. a two-point lead in ohio polls. >> compaes hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> reporter: it's the last jobs report before the vote. 7.9% unemployment, slightly worse. 171,000 new jobs, better than expecte
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